Princess Cruises proves its commitment to the Australian cruise market yet again with its latest announcement. From late 2016, the mega-ship Emerald Princess will begin a debut season of cruising in the South Pacific, based out of Sydney.
The addition of the 3082-passenger cruise ship will expand Princess's Australian capacity at the time to 11,800 berths, as she joins four more of her fleetmates already calling Australia home, either year-round or seasonally. Australians have shown their love for this innovative and fun cruise line- and Princess is returning the favour!
Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand, says that the line is as excited as we are about their growing presence in this corner of the world: "Since Princess first based a ship here for the summer in 2002 we have been embraced by Australians who love our exciting itineraries and destinations as well as the quality cruise experience we provide, so we're thrilled to be expanding further."
What's on board?
Australian cruisers can look forward to something a little different when finding their next cruise. Launched in 2007, the Emerald Princess will be the newest and largest ship of the Princess fleet to be deployed here. Be prepared for more food, fun and entertainment from the moment you embark! All onboard pricing will be in Australian dollars to make life a little easier.
Eat to your heart's content
13 different dining options offer huge variety for passengers. Specialty restaurants like Sabatinis and the Crown Grill are a special night out, but what cruisers really love about the Emerald Princess is the range of casual and complimentary options. Along with the main dining rooms and obligatory buffet are themed meals at the Cafe Caribe, a pizzeria, an ice-cream bar, a grill, the fabulous International Cafe and a wonderful cluster of food emporiums in the Piazza.
Fill up your days at sea
The sheer size of the Emerald Princess means there is plenty to keep you busy- if you want to be! The abundance of pools makes it perfect for a trip into the balmy tropics. There are three big outdoor pool complexes, along with an adults-only one in the Sanctuary and several spas and hot tubs. Sports facilities including a nine-hole putting course and shuffleboard court, a jogging track, Scholarship@Sea lectures and classes galore will keep you fit both physically and mentally, while organised activities are a great way to meet other passengers. If you are feeling virtuous, the extensive gym awaits, and why not reward yourself afterwards with a spa treatment at Lotus?
Be entertained in the evening
Looking for something to do when the sun goes down? Productions, music and all kinds of shows can be found in the Princess Theatre which is designed with great acoustics so you won't miss a beat. Movies Under the Stars are a fun way to spend an hour or two on deck. From quiet drinks to dancing the night away, there are bars or lounges for any whim. The Speakeasy cigar lounge is a novel feature of the ship, and the Skywalkers Nightclub on the top deck is a beloved Princess favourite.